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DoT to present draft NTP 2018 before the cabinet by April 2018

February 08, 2018

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will present the draft version of the new National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 before the cabinet in April 2018. However, the draft will be made available for public consultation within three weeks.

Meanwhile, the DoT has said that spectrum supporting 5G services and fiberisation of networks will be part of NTP 2018.

According to Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, the government will not take a license-heavy approach for machine-to-machine communication, which will form part of NTP 2018. In addition, she said that the key will be to ensure that interoperability is maintained. She further added that the government should not be prescriptive and let things evolve.

However, she also added that the 5G roadmap will require significant resources to be committed by the government and the industry for the country to emerge a leader in the 5G space.


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